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Transition planning is very important during high school and a legal obligation for a student with a disability (an IEP) by the time they turn 16 years of age.  Transition goals are set at this IEP with discussion related to career goals and a post high school goals are defined related to education, employment, and independent living. Students should participate in their IEP where transition is discussed as it relates to what they may plan to do in the future.

Transition Considerations

  • Transition Timeline

  • Self-Advocacy

    • Disclosure

  • Transition Planning:

    • Transition planning and the IEP

    • What to expect at the transition planning part of the IEP

  • Independent Living and Adaptive Skills

  • Rights and Considerations for Transition:

    • Health insurance

    • Guardianship, special needs trusts, powers of attorney

    • State support programs and federal support programs

  • Post (after) High School Options

    • Types of options

    • High school versus college

    • 504 plans

    • Post high school resources

  • Living Arrangements

    • Types

    • Funding

    • Living Arrangements Resources

  • Employment Options

    • Types

    • Skills needed for employment

    • Preparation

    • Finding a job

    • Employment Resources

  • Health Care

    • Getting a doctor

    • Hygiene

    • Puberty and sexuality

    • Mental health

  • Living in the Community

    • Recreation

    • Safety

    • Transportation

  • Technology

    • Using social media

    • Using the internet and staying safe

    • Living in a technology-based world

  • Important Research on Transition

  • Transition and Adult Related Resources



After (Post) High School Education 


Dating, Sexuality, Life Skills


Health Care

Public Assistance & Financial Support


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